Meet the team at Age Concern New Zealand 

Meet the team below, or contact us

Stephanie Clare 

Chief Executive

Age Concern New Zealand is where I feel at home and my role is all about people. People doing things for older people, providing connections, education, support and advocacy. I am proud to lead the team within National Office and local Age Concern member councils across New Zealand. I like leading a strong team who wants to make a difference in the lives of older New Zealanders. Passion in your work is very important to me and enjoying the work you do. Like my other roles as a nurse, no day is the same and opportunity knocks often and you have to be ready. I also enjoy my garden, pulling weeds and planting veges and will never turn down the opportunity to wander through another gardener’s garden if invited. Email Stephanie

 Natasha Muir

  Manager, Fundraising, Communications and Marketing

A lot of my role is around building relationships and engaging people to support the work we do supporting older New Zealanders. Age Concern New Zealand is a well-regarded and trusted organisation in the New Zealand charitable landscape giving me a great platform to work from. I want a New Zealand that is a great place to live at any age but also a great place to age! We are all aging and we all have a vested interest in creating a society that respects, values and celebrates the contribution of older New Zealanders.
I am an apartment dweller in central Wellington and really enjoy scouring the cities for food haunts, entertainment hubs and op shops. Email Natasha

Hanny Naus
Professional Educator: Elder Abuse and Neglect 

My role is to support and encourage the professionalism of workers in elder abuse and neglect prevention throughout the country. It is a privilege to work with these passionate and skilled colleagues who support older people have their needs and choices respected. In previous work roles, my focus has included social work/counseling in community and health care settings with older people and people with disabilities. Email Hanny

Jane Fisher

Office Manager

Jane keeps National Office running smoothly and has a wide and varied skillset from event management to project management, fundraising and technical support and is the super user for our database. Jane keeps us all well fed in National Office, with a steady supply of delicious baking. Email Jane

Louise Rees

National Social Connect Adviser
My role is all about social connection. This involves coordinating our Accredited Visiting Service. The service provides company for older people and volunteering roles for people aged from 18 to over 90. Older people’s social networks can be disrupted by things like bereavement, health problems, or stopping driving, but we help to turn that around, and support people to build new patterns and make new friends. I love working with the team of coordinators around the country, and also seeing all the ways in which we connect older people together to enjoy company, food, and activities. I migrated to New Zealand when I was expecting my first baby, and organisations like Plunket and New Mother’s Support Groups helped me to quickly develop a network of supportive friends in a country where I knew hardly anyone. I’m happy to be working for an organisation that provides similar support to older people. Email Louise

Joanne Reid 
Manager Health Promotion and Policy
Age Concern New Zealand is an inspiring place to work alongside others to promote the wellbeing of older people. My role covers two areas that go hand in hand - health promotion and policy. I provide information and support for health promotion initiatives and develop resources relevant to older people. I also prepare submissions and policy statements that advocate for the rights and wellbeing of older people.  My career choices have always been influenced by my desire to make a positive difference in people’s lives. I am passionate about spending time with family and friends and spend many happy hours exploring my family history. Email Joanne 

Chrisanne Tarry
Health Promotion Adviser
The exciting aspect about health promotion is the variation, creativity and impact effective strategies and health promotion programmes can have on a community. My role as the health promotion advisor is to provide support, problem-solve, and inspire the development of empowering, sustainable and equitable health promotion programmes for older people across Aotearoa. I assist with the evaluation and funding process for health promotion programmes, develop and update resources for later life, facilitate professional development opportunities for our health promoters and provide tools to ease the delivery of health promotion programmes across the country. Every day I am surrounded by people who inspire me and who love what they do because of the positive difference they can make. In my spare time, I love to travel, adventure up mountains or walk along beaches with my camera. Email Chrisanne
Sophie Parkes
Fundraising Coordinator
In my role as Fundraising Coordinator I work with our generous donors, and volunteers as well as encouraging people to sign up as an Age Concern New Zealand Dignity Champion. I also am responsible for our grant applications to philanthropic trusts and foundations to find funding for our brilliant programmes, staff and operating costs. I help with the organising of our different fundraising events throughout the year as well as keeping track of all our wonderful donors. My favourite part about my role is that I am able to connect with a variety of people around New Zealand whether it’s working with our local Age Concern staff or our brilliant Dignity Champions. I am very lucky to work for an organisation that does such amazing work for the older people of New Zealand. In my spare time I enjoy going to see films at my local Penthouse Cinema and spending time with my cheeky border collie puppy, Jess.   
Email Sophie

Jenny Coleman - Walker
Staying Safe NZTA Programme Manager 
My role is the Staying Safe NZTA Programme Manager. I am passionate about wanting to make a positive difference and bring a high level of energy and enthusiasm to my work. I am a 'bean counter' by trade, and this is quite a different role for me and is my first time in the charitable sector.  I started in accounting, where I worked as a business advisor and client services manager in both small and large professional services firms. I later saw the light and moved into the public sector as a finance advisor and business partner. Since then I have had a range of roles from Principal Advisor – Strategy and Performance, Chief Financial Officer, Director, Corporate Services to Private Secretary to Ministers in the public sector. I am a Wellingtonian through and through.  I live in Crofton Downs with my lovely husband, fabulous teenage daughter and cat Mr Ruby. I love gardening, yoga and meditation.Email Jenny

Sally Wilkinson
Financial Administator 
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Rei Ngatai
Admin Support
As an ‘older’ person in the workforce I enjoy the social connection and making every day count. I live in a Thorndon apartment complex as it is very handy to my ‘bellringing’ hobby where 5  bells are hung for full circle ringing in Old St Paul’s and 14 in the Anglican Cathedral of St Paul.
He aha te mea nui o te Ao – He Tangata, He Tangata, He Tangata.
What is the greatest thing in the World – It is people. Email Rei

Gillian Cross
I come in once a week to help Rei balance the books and prepare Board and Management Reports as required. I assist a number of not for profits in a similar role and the balance of my work time is spent in my office in Porirua doing accounting and taxation returns. Out of the office, I am a Justice of the Peace, and enjoy playing tennis and netball.